Living in Miami has left me very in tune with how I look. When I was younger, I had to do less to look good. Now, at 41 years old, I put much more work into my beauty routine. While I believe beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it’s important to recognize your unique beauty and celebrate it; part of this celebration is to take good care of yourself so you can be the best version of yourself possible.

As part of a series on the secrets to looking beautiful at any age, I’ll discuss the truth about what goes into beauty routines. Though it may seem like a lot of work—frankly, it can seem exhausting!—the efforts do pay off. It can take a village to help keep you looking and feeling your best. Start building your beauty tribe so you can look and feel like your very best you!

Secret 6: Surround Yourself with Scent.

Scents are critical in feeling and looking your best. It’s amazing to me how scents can impact my mood: If I am stressed out and I inhale lavender essential oil, I am immediately put at ease. Leonor Greyl has the most amazing bamboo shampoo; the scent takes me back in my mind to being on the beach when I was younger.

Scents for me are so powerful—they can uplift my mood, take me on a journey, or recall a memory in a single moment. I typically rotate between three different perfumes at any given time: one that I feel smells pretty, one that makes me feel strong and unstoppable, and one that reminds me of the beach or ocean and puts me at ease. Whatever it is that you like to be reminded of or how you want to feel, figure out what those scents are and be mindful of surrounding yourself with them throughout your day. A beautiful scent is a beauty secret that no one can see, but it can do so much for how you feel and directly impact how you look.